JBLCF-Bacolod Marine Engineering Students bag the First and Second places in the JBLFMU-RDC Digital Logo-Making Contest

The John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University-Research and Development Center recently concluded its highly anticipated Digital Logo-Making Contest aimed at creating an official emblem that embodies the center’s commitment to innovation and research excellence. The contest was participated by six final entries from across the university and was held during the System Research Colloquium and Sharing of Best Practices held on February 7, 2024. The panel of esteemed judges comprised DR. MELCHOR MAGRAMO, Research Director, DR. MA. ELENA ELEPERIA, Academic Director, and MR. ARCHIE AMPARO, IT Director of the University.

JOSEPH DARL MASILAM, a third-year Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering student of JBLCF-Bacolod from section Polaris, clinched the prestigious First Place with his exceptional design.


KENNETH R. CARIO, a fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering student from section Ares, also from JBLCF-Bacolod, secured Second Place with his creative and innovative entry.

The winning entries were selected based on specific criteria outlined by the judging panel, including reflecting key concepts such as Research and Development, Innovation, incorporation of JBLFMU’s logo and logos of all units, and adherence to the university’s core values.

Joseph Darl Masilam’s design stood out for its creativity, relevance, and visual impact, earning him the top prize of 3,000 pesos along with a Certificate of Recognition. Kenneth R. Cariom received 2,000 pesos and a Certificate of Recognition for his outstanding contribution.

In addition to the top prizes, the third-place winner, JBLFMU-Arevalo’s entry, received 1,000 pesos along with a Certificate of Recognition, while consolation prizes of 500 pesos and a Certificate of Participation each were awarded to non-winning participants.

(The winners, Left to Right: JBLFMU-Arevalo, Third Place; JBLCF-Bacolod, First Place; and JBLCF-Bacolod, Second Place)

The winning logo design, crafted by JOSEPH DARL MASILAM, will now become the official trademark of the Research and Development Center of JBLFMU. By winning First Place, Masilam has granted the JBLFMU-RDC the right to utilize the logo in various promotional materials, including Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaigns, official university merchandise, program covers, and certificates issued by the JBLFMU-RDC, thus solidifying his contribution to the university’s branding efforts.

The success of the Digital Logo-Making Contest underscores JBLFMU’s dedication to fostering creativity, innovation, and research excellence among its students, further solidifying its position as a leading institution in maritime education and research.

JBLFMU on Maritime Research: Treading the Road toward Greater Global Visibility and Impact

Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo
Research Coordinator

Is JBLFMU ready to produce more impactful maritime research worthy of publication in Scopus-indexed journals?


The John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) is making significant strides in enhancing its research capabilities and international recognition. The recent seminar-workshop on Achieving Excellence in Scientific Journal Publishing on Scopus Indexing and Other Indexing Application Processes, hosted by JBLFMU, demonstrates the institution’s commitment to producing high-impact maritime research worthy of publication in Scopus-indexed journals.

The event, held at the JBLFMU-Arevalo campus, was a collaborative effort involving key individuals such as Dr. Melchor M. Magramo, Director for Research and Extension; Unit Research Coordinators, Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo of JBLCF-Bacolod, Dr. Rolando A. Alimen of JBLFMU-Molo, and Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas of JBLFMU-Arevalo; and Mrs. Leonora Lucia G. Saul, Integrated Management Representative.

The event would not have been a success if not for the support and inspiration of Dr. Ma. Elena J. Eleperia, Academic Director; Engr. Archie P. Amparo, IT Director; Unit Administrators, Mr. Robert O. Parcia, Engr. Roberto Neal S. Sobrejuanite, and Capt. Alfred D. Espinosa; and the university’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ronald Raymond L. Sebastian. The presence of an esteemed resource speaker like Prof. Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III further enriched the event, providing valuable insights and inspiration to the participants.

Overall, JBLFMU’s proactive approach to research and internationalization, as well as its commitment to excellence in scientific journal publishing, positions the university as a key player in the field of maritime research and education. The institution’s collaborative and multidisciplinary efforts bode well for the future production of impactful research worthy of publication in prestigious, Scopus-indexed journals.








JB-Molo Personnel attend the Seminar-Workshop on Scopus Indexing

The administration of JBLFMU-Molo through the leadership of Mr. Robert O. Parcia, Administrator sent the 24 instructors and non-teaching staff to attend the seminar-workshop entitled “Achieving Excellence in Scientific Journal Publishing: A Seminar-Workshop on Scopus Indexing and Other Indexing Application Processes” at the JBL Hall of JBLFMU-Arevalo, Iloilo City last January 11-12, 2024. The research speaker was Prof. Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III. The program started with prayer, the national anthem, and JBLFMU hymn. Dr. Melchor M. Magramo, Research Director of JBLFMU-Molo welcomed the participants coming from different academic units of the university. Dr. Rolando A. Alimen, Research Coordinator of JBLFMU-Molo introduced the resource speaker. Professor Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III leads a global initiative, “Achieving University Excellence through Research”, to address global research inequity.  The initiative engages in intensive research capacity-building of many universities in Asia and Africa.  Don is the Editor-in-Chief of Public Health Challenges (Wiley) and is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMC Global Health Research and Policy.  Don is a global health scientist whose works focus on health equity.  His scientific work is hinged on creating evidence to influence global health policy and practice, improve the health of populations, and achieve global health equity.  Don teaches Economics of Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and International Health at the University of the Philippines (Open University).  He was a Visiting Scientist at Harvard Medical School and currently holds Adjunct and Visiting Professorship at Mahidol University, University of Botswana, Cardiff University, Wuhan University, Naresuan University, Astana Medical University, Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University, Universidade da Paz, and Taipei Medical University.  He finished his Ph.D. at Cardiff University, MPH at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, MSc in Health Economics Policy and Law in Global Health at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and his BSc Psychology (cum laude) and Doctor of Medicine from the University of the Philippines. His global work has been recognized through many awards he has received including The Outstanding Young Man of the Philippines in 2009 from the President of the country. Closing remarks were delivered by Dr. Ma. Elena J. Eleperia, Academic Affairs Director of JBLFMU.

JBLCF-Bacolod Participants Elevate Skills through AI Training for Teaching and Research Management

Three participants from JBLCF-Bacolod attended the AI Application in Teaching and Research Management training which was held from November 27 to 30, 2023, at the City Garden Suites in Manila. The training aimed to provide educators with the fundamentals of managing research programs institutionally and by discipline, designing research programs for quality assurance requirements, and integrating AI in research management.

The training covered various aspects of research management, including the framework for research management, research program design for quality assurance requirements, and research management programs for faculty exchange with foreign universities and internationalization of research. It also introduced the use of AIs such as ChatGPT, Perplexity, Google Bard, and Consensus AI as useful tools in writing research-related tasks and other research management programs, plans, and reports.

Dr. Genaro V. Japos served as the resource speaker for the training, providing valuable insights and strategies to the participants. Among the participants sent by JBLCF-Bacolod were Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo, Miss Geneveve M. Aguilar, and Miss Alyn G. Libertad, who are all actively involved in research and education.








The training highlighted the increasing role of AI in education and research management, emphasizing the need for educators to establish clear boundaries anchored on ethical considerations when integrating AI into delivering quality education. It also showcased the potential of AI in improving university decision-making, efficient administration, and prompt regulatory compliance.

Overall, the training provided valuable insights, tools, and strategies for educators to leverage AI in teaching and research management, ultimately enhancing the quality of education and research outcomes.